Resilience, equity and growth in semi-arid economies: a research agenda

Working and discussion papers
March 2017
Guy Jobbins, Declan Conway, Sam Fankhauser, Bara Gueye, Emma Liwenga, Eva Ludi, Tom Mitchell, Helen Mountfort and Abid Suleri
Woman selling sugar cane in Morogoro, Tanzania. Photo: PRISE/Rajeshree Sisodia

What do we mean by ‘equitable, climate-resilient economic growth’ in semi-arid lands (SALs)? Are fast growth, fair growth and resilient growth compatible objectives, or are trade-offs between them inevitable?

This working paper sets out the rationale for the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies (PRISE) research project’s focus on investment and development that have the potential to unlock rapid economic growth, reduce poverty and build climate resilience in SALs.